First things first: The New England Patriots did not practice today. However, per NFL rules, the team – just like its upcoming Super Bowl opponent, the Philadelphia Eagles – still had to release a practice report. Hypothetical as it is, it still gives a glimpse into how the Patriots' and Eagles' overall injury statuses are heading into the last 1.5 weeks of the season. Let's take a look:
Did not participate
Patriots: TE Rob Gronkowski (concussion), DE Deatrich Wise Jr. (concussion)
Seeing Rob Gronkowski listed as a theoretical non-participant is no surprise given that he was unable to finish the AFC Championship Game due to a concussion suffered in the second quarter. Deatrich Wise Jr., on the other hand, was not expected to be on the practice report as there he finished the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars and did not appear to have suffered any head injury.
It is unclear when he sustained his concussion – the second one of his season.
Patriots: DT Malcom Brown (foot), RB Mike Gillislee (knee), OT LaAdrian Waddle (knee)
Eagles: LB Dannell Ellerbe (hamstring)
Three Patriots would have been limited during practice today: Both Mike Gillislee and LaAdrian Waddle were inactive against Jacksonville due to their respective injuries (and in Gillislee's case, spot on the depth chart). Malcom Brown is listed for the first time since week 12, when he was dealing with an ankle injury.
Eagles: RB Jay Ajayi (ankle)
Listing former Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi as a full participant today is more of a formality. He will play on Super Bowl Sunday.
The Patriots did not list three players on today's injury report that have been limited in practice last week: Quarterback Tom Brady (right hand), running back Rex Burkhead (knee) and defensive tackle Alan Branch (ankle) all appear to be fully healthy again, which is certainly good news for New England.